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Tar Heels Take NCAA Championship

71-65 win over Gonzaga erases year of heartache

(Newser) - It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes. An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate. Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead three-point play with 1:40 left Monday... More »

Monday's Title Game Should Be a Brawl

Powerhouses UNC, Gonzaga are stacked with giant, veteran players

(Newser) - Their pedigrees are different, but both teams are loaded with veterans. Both have some heft in the middle. When Gonzaga meets North Carolina for the NCAA national championship on Monday night, it could be quite a brawl, reports the AP . "They're big just like us and they match... More »

First 1-Seed Bounced From NCAA Tourney

Wisconsin stuns Villanova

(Newser) - Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region, the AP reports. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.... More »

Proud March Madness Mom: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Her son, Charlie, plays for Northwestern

(Newser) - The fact that Julia Louis-Dreyfus' son helped her alma mater, Northwestern, make it into the NCAA March Madness bracket for the first time was a victory in itself. But then the No. 8 seed in the West actually won. Cameras caught Louis-Dreyfus, 56, looking awestruck and mouthing the words "... More »

Ex-Hoosier Says Bobby Knight Squeezed Players' Testicles

Todd Jadlow's book contains new abuse allegations against the coach

(Newser) - Bobby Knight, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, is famous for his temper. But an autobiography published this month by one of his former players contains disturbing new details of the ways in which Knight allegedly abused the student athletes playing for him, Deadspin reports. Todd Jadlow,... More »

Pat Summitt, Legendary Basketball Coach, Dies at 64

Tennessee's Summitt had more Division I wins than any coach in NCAA history

(Newser) - Pat Summitt, whose work ethic (and famous intense stare ) was born on her family's farm and propelled her to rack up more wins than any other basketball coach (men's or women's) in NCAA Division I history, died Tuesday at age 64, the AP reports. "It... More »

Epic Finish: Villanova Wins NCAA Title at Buzzer

Kris Jenkins hits basket as time runs out

(Newser) - The Villanova Wildcats are national champions after Kris Jenkins swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina 77-74 in one of the greatest NCAA title games of all time. North Carolina's Marcus Paige had just tied it for the Tar Heels after adjusting in the air and... More »

Bad News for Guy Tied for First in $50K NCAA Contest

He's doing really well in his bracket picks, except ... he forgot to choose a winner

(Newser) - Deadspin's "oh noooooo" is probably the best way to express the sad tale of James Kiki. The resident of Syracuse, NY—and refugee from South Sudan—decided to enter Yahoo's bracket contest for the NCAA basketball tournament, making his picks for the $50,000 grand prize,... More »

$100 Bet on Syracuse Win Could Pay $100K

Wager was placed when no one thought the Orange had a chance

(Newser) - In an incredible run that SB Nation says "doesn't make sense" and Sports Illustrated labels "improbable," Syracuse beat No. 1 seed Virginia 68-62 on Sunday, the AP reports—making the Orange the first No. 10 seed to make it to the Final Four. And one bettor... More »

Brackets Busted as Upsets Abound in NCAA Tournament

Including a 15-seed beating a 2-seed for only the 8th time in tournament history

(Newser) - For only the eighth time in history—and the first since 2013—a 15th-seeded team beat a 2nd-seeded team in the NCAA men's basketball tournament when Middle Tennessee State bested Michigan State on Friday, the New York Times reports. And just like that, nary a perfect bracket was to... More »

Flag Removed, SC Can Now Host March Madness

NAACP, NCAA rescind their boycotts on Palmetto State

(Newser) - South Carolina's removal of the Confederate flag down from its capitol on Friday had a couple of unanticipated ripple effects, reports MSNBC : First, the NAACP ended its 15-year-old boycott of the Palmetto State; president Cornell William Brooks had praised the state's move as a denouncement of "an... More »

The Inspirational Lauren Hill Dies After Cancer Battle

19-year-old who played for Mount St. Joseph died today

(Newser) - Lauren Hill, the terminally ill Mount St. Joseph basketball player for whom the NCAA moved up her school's season opener , died today at the age of 19, the AP reports. Brooke Desserich, the co-founder of Hill's The Cure Starts Now nonprofit, tells the news agency Hill died in... More »

Kid With Top ESPN Bracket Too Young to Win

Network says he can have grab bag instead

(Newser) - Out of 11.57 million entries in the ESPN college basketball bracket challenge, the one closest to perfection was filled out by somebody too young to win the top prize. Sam Holtz, a 12-year-old from suburban Chicago, is tied for first, but contestants need to be at least 18 to... More »

New NCAA Champs: Duke

They beat Wisconsin 68-63

(Newser) - The package deal has delivered Duke another national championship. Tyus Jones scored 23 points, his good buddy and freshman teammate Jahlil Okafor added a couple of key baskets in the closing minutes, and the Blue Devils beat Wisconsin 68-63 last night to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship.... More »

Duke, Wisconsin Head to Final

Kentucky's perfect season ends; Blue Devils go back to Indianapolis

(Newser) - Duke trounced Michigan State today, and Wisconsin ruined Kentucky's perfect season to set up the national championship game: the Blue Devils vs. Badgers. In the Duke game, Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18, and senior Quinn Cook had 17 to lead top-seeded Duke to... More »

Wisconsin, Kentucky Nab Top Spots in March Madness

Villanova and Duke were easy No. 1 picks

(Newser) - The Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: Seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976. Oh, but there were surprises when the bracket came out, too. Big-conference UCLA and Texas made it. Colorado State and Temple did not. Wisconsin... More »

NCAA to Syracuse: Don't Let Receptionist Do Players' Homework

League suspends coach Boeheim for multiple violations, including drug-testing

(Newser) - Before the season began, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had 966 victories—No. 2 on the all-time list—and was poised to begin a well-publicized march to 1,000. Scratch that now: The NCAA today docked 108 of his wins, knocking him back to No. 6 on this list, and imposed... More »

Dying Freshman Scores Twice in NCAA Debut

Lauren Hill, suffering from cancer, helps lead team to victory

(Newser) - A 19-year-old whom doctors have given weeks to live played her first—and possibly last—college basketball game yesterday, and she scored within seconds, WCPO reports. Lauren Hill, of Mount St. Joseph's basketball team, has a type of brain cancer known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. But that didn'... More »

Days Before NBA Draft, a Devastating Diagnosis

Isaiah Austin has Marfan syndrome, can no longer play basketball

(Newser) - A routine physical delivered career-ending news for Isaiah Austin, a former Baylor Bears star who was expected to be drafted to the NBA late in the first round Thursday. After the EKG test at the NBA combine came back with abnormal results, additional genetic tests revealed that the 20-year-old center... More »

Here Is the 1st Openly Gay NCAA Division I Player

Derrick Gordon comes out in interview with ESPN

(Newser) - Less than two months after the NBA got its first openly gay active player , NCAA Division I men's college basketball now has its first openly gay player. Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts, came out to his family, coaches, and teammates earlier this month, and... More »

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